We all either own or possess certain things; or maybe you want to describe how many of something an entity has. Just how do you quantify key characteristics or possessions?
In this Podcast, you will learn:
(i) To let someone know how many things or items you or someone else has
(ii) How to talk about and quantify possessions
Chú fáng yǒu yī zhāng cān zhuō, cān zhuō shàng yǒu yī pán shuǐ guǒ.
There is a dining table in the kitchen. There is a plate of fruit on the dining table.
Wǒ jiā yǒu sān jiān wò shì, měi jiān wò shì yǒu yī zhāng chuáng.
There are three bedrooms in my home. There is a bed in each bedroom.
Wǒ jiā yǒu sān kǒu rén, wǒ qī zǐ, wǒ nǚ ér hé wǒ.
There are three people in my family, my wife, my daughter and I.
Zhōng Guó yǒu èr shí sān gè shěng, sì gè zhí xiá shì, liǎng gè tè bié xíng zhèng qū hé wǔ gè zì zhì qū.
There are 23 provinces, 4 municipalities, 2 special administrative regions and 5 autonomous regions in China.
Chinese words and phrases mentioned in this Podcast:
张：a measuring word for table
一盘：a plate of
间：measuring word for room
张：measuring word for bed
口：measuring word for family member
个：measuring word for person
直辖市：municipality (e.g. Beijing, Shanghai, etc.)
特别行政区：special administrative region (i.e. Hong Kong and Macao)
自治区：autonomous region (e.g. Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang)
There are lots of measuring words in Chinese. When we express the number of a noun, we need to add a measuring word almost all the time—and different nouns have different measuring words. For example, ‘一张桌子’, ‘一间卧室’, ‘一个人’, ‘一条狗’ (a dog), ‘一枚邮票’ (a stamp), etc.
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